A member of Clemson’s 2016 national championship team has joined the football coaching staff at Western Carolina.
Jay Guillermo, who was a captain his last two seasons with the Tigers, will coach tight ends.
Guillermo spent the past season as an offensive graduate assistant at Georgia State, working under former Catamount offensive coordinator Brad Glenn.
“I’m extremely excited about the addition of Jay Guillermo to our staff,” Coach Mark Speir said. “He is a high-energy and passionate coach who has been a winner both as a player and a coach. After excelling as a player at Clemson, playing at the highest level, he made an excellent impression on the staff and players at Georgia State in a short period of time.”
Georgia State won a program-record seven games last season and earned its first bowl trip ever before losing to Wyoming in the Arizona Bowl. He worked primarily with the offensive line as the Panthers set a school record by averaging more than 245 rushing yards per game.
As a player at Clemson from 2013-16, Guillermo was twice named all-conference at center and played in two national title games.
He briefly played for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in 2017.
Guillermo played on two state championship teams at Maryville (Tenn.) High. He received the Tennessee Lineman “Mr. Football” award in 2011.
Before transferring to Maryville, he played his first two high school seasons in North Carolina at Burns, just outside of Shelby. He returned to Burns to begin his coaching career as the offensive line coach in 2017.
He is married to the former Ava Bell, who is from Radford, Virginia, and was a member of the Clemson track and field team.